–Peter Gray, The Decline of Play, TED
Our class, along with many other classes at QAE will be participating in the 1st Annual Global School Play Day this Wednesday, February 4th. The idea behind this day is raising awareness of the importance of unstructured play in the lives of young people. For a couple hours we will put down our pencils, our books and our devices and PLAY.
Students are invited to bring in toys from home. These toys must not require batteries or electricity or contain any type of computer chip. No devices. They may bring in things like board games, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, dolls, puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) If they don't bring anything in, no problem. We have lots of games to share. I know this is short notice, but I did talk with the class about this and they are full of excitement. If they mentioned to you that they're allowed to bring toys and games to school-it's true!
Adults will not be leading or facilitating any of the play. The play will all be self directed. The teachers will be making sure this time is safe and will be taking pictures and observing. Who knows, we hope to be playing too! One of the things that Peter Gray says about this event is that it will "signify to children that we recognize the importance of play in their lives." As a mother and teacher, there's nothing like observing free & natural play!
Valentine Compliment Cards
As a social emotional component with upcoming Valentine's day, students are to write a compliment/acknowledgement for each child. The compliment should acknowledge something specific for each child highlighting perhaps the bravery, gratitude, perseverance, or compassion of our classmates (these happen to be our monthly school themes this year). This assignment will take time to do well so please plan accordingly. If your child would like help completing some of these at school, please send me a note. All compliment cards should be returned to school by Wednesday, February 11th. Please see the handout that went home in your child's folder for more information and a class list. Our Valentines party will be on Friday, February 13th at 3:00. Students are welcome to bring valentines in addition to the compliment cards if they choose.
Julius: Native American
Wyatt: New Orleans